Australia implements new import conditions for salmon

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For trade to occur under the new import conditions, competent authorities from approved trading partners must update their health certification to comply with the new import conditions.

New import conditions for salmon from approved countries (excluding New Zealand) have been implemented, Australia’s Department Of Agriculture posted.

That means that all salmon products imported into Australia, with a bill of lading date from 1 September on-wards must comply with the new import conditions.

The new rules say that imported salmon – that is not in consumer-ready form or has not received an approved heat treatment – will be directed for processing to an Approved Arrangement (AA) class 3.4 imported salmonid product processing.

Salmon will only be released from biosecurity control once it has been processed into consumer-ready form as defined in Australia’s Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON).

Salmon consignments must be accompanied by updated health certification. Product with a bill of lading dated before September 1 will be processed against the previous import conditions.

That means that for trade to occur under the new import conditions Competent Authorities from approved trading partners must update their health certification to comply with the new import conditions.

According to statistics from the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), Australia imported AUD 78 million worth of Norwegian salmon in 2017/2018.